Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Welcome To Utah Family Adventures!

The Family - Yosemite National Park, California
Hello! We're the Roesch family, and we just moved from California to Utah. We've only been in this beautiful state for two weeks now, but we're excited to explore. We love to find new adventures!

There are five of us. Let me introduce you to us.

Ritchie
Ritchie - Montana de Oro State Park, California
Photograph by Amanda Roesch.
I'll start with me, Ritchie. I was born in California, but my dad was in the Navy, so we moved frequently. I spent two years in college in Texas studying (among other things) photography. I found myself getting deeper and deeper into debt and still a long ways off from finishing school. So I did something drastic and joined the Air Force.

The U.S.A.F. sent me to Luke Air Force Base outside of Phoenix, Arizona. I began a career in aviation safety. In what was really a chance encounter, I met my wife just a few months after reporting for duty in The Grand Canyon State. We fell in love pretty quickly and were soon married.

I left the military after four years. That led to different jobs and moves. I spent time in Nebraska, Texas, a couple of places in Arizona, then to California. A couple of weeks ago I moved to Utah.

I've been photographing for almost two decades now, but it's not my day job; however, it's a good excuse to visit some amazing places. I invite you to visit my photography blog.

Amanda
Amanda - Montana de Oro State Park, California
My lovely wife, Amanda, and I have been married for 14 years. We met, dated and were married in about seven months. It was quick! But we knew that we wanted to spend our lives together. We felt like we were meant for each other.

Amanda grew up in a small town in the Sierra Nevada range in central California. We are so different from each other, yet have tons of little (often unusual) things and experiences in common. Our differences are often complimentary.

She is funny and witty and a joy to be around. She is incredibly observant. She is full of great ideas. She's crafty (the positive definition of the word, not the negative). She always gives 100%. Her smile will melt your heart. She has a true gift for caring for children, and our kids are blessed to have her as their mom. I'm blessed to have her as my wife.

We've had many great adventures together and I look forward to the many great adventures we have waiting for us ahead.

The Kids
Incoming Wave - Carlsbad, California
We have three young children: one girl and two boys. Like most kids, they're loud and rambunctious. They play well together and fight together. They are kind to each other and sometimes not. They have adventures. They love each other.

The two oldest children are almost two years apart, but they're similar in size. We often get asked if they're twins. Because of where their birthdays fall they are only one school grade apart. The littlest wants so much to be just like his older siblings.

Having three young kids is a lot of work. It's sometimes frustrating and tiring and stressful. But we are so fortunate and thankful to have these three little ones to love and care for and raise. Watching them grow is such a blessing!

Joy
Today's Girl Photographer - Barstow, California
Joy is our oldest, born in Arizona in 2007. She is smart and determined. If there is something that she wants to accomplish, she will figure it out on her own. She taught herself how to tie knots when she was little. She taught herself how to ride a bike. She will succeed whether someone helps her or not. She makes friends everywhere she goes.

She picks up on things quickly. You usually only have to show her how to do something once--that is, if she's not daydreaming. She can get lost in her own little world.

She loves horses, and one day wants her own a horse. She is good with animals, though highly afraid of bugs. She likes photography and she even post-processes her own photographs. She's beginning to get into clothes and fashion.

Jonathan
Jonathan At The Beach - Carlsbad, California
Next is Jonathan, born in Arizona in 2009. He's creative, funny, witty and goofy, yet very shy. He is curious. He's good at drawing. He's emotionally sensitive but has a very hard time expressing that. He's got a heart of gold.

Jon is really into transportation--trains, cars, trucks, planes, anything that's mechanical and moves. But especially trains, including real trains, toy trains and model trains. He also likes sea life, particularly crabs for some reason.

He loves riding scooters and bikes and playing at the park. He enjoys digging in the dirt, looking for bugs and worms and snails and such. Him and his little brother love to wrestle each other.

Joshua
Eating Denim - Tehachapi, California
The most recent addition to our family is Joshua, born in California in 2013, just before Christmas. He's very determined like his sister, but he's also mischievous (like many two-year-olds). He likes to climb and jump and wrestle, and is a bit of a thrill-seeker. He likes rock-and-roll. And trains. And playing ball.

He likes to help around the house. He helps with laundry. He sweeps the floors. He's also quite messy, and it doesn't take him long to destroy a room--you can always tell when he's been in a room.

Josh is rough, but he's also kind and sweet. He loves to give kisses, and he'll tell you sorry when he's done something wrong. Whatever his older brother and sister are doing, that's what he wants to do, too--he wants to be just like them.
Roesch Family Waiting To Board - Fish Camp, California
That's us, the Roesch family! We look forward to exploring the great state of Utah and the many adventures that await us. And I look forward to sharing it with you here, on the Utah Family Adventures Blog!

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